The Lethal Partner

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UNM Press, 2003 - Fiction - 246 pages
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The Lethal Partneris Jake Page's latest Mo Bowdre novel. Bowdre, a blind sculptor who lives in Santa Fe, is drawn into a murder mystery surrounding the recent discovery of seven previously unknown Georgia O'Keeffe paintings.

Elijah Potts, successful author and owner of the Southwest Creations art gallery, claims that he and a couple of friends uncovered the canvases in an old adobe house. Potts is certain these canvases will be the crowning glory of his career, if not the key to the fortune that has continued to elude him. Before the paintings can be authenticated, Potts's world begins to unravel.

Anita Montague, manager of Southwest Creations gallery, is murdered and the paintings disappear. Potts finds himself in jail, the prime suspect in Anita's murder. Enter, Mo Bowdre. Will his sixth sense help solve the dual mysteries of murder and theft?


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Blind sculptor Mo Bowdre and his Hopi girlfriend, Connie Barnes, have exuded a palpable maverick charm since the first page of this series (The Stolen Gods, LJ 2/1/93). In this installment, seven ... Read full review


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Jake Page was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 24, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1958 and a master's degree from the Graduate Institute of Book Publishing at New York University in 1960. He worked for Doubleday as an editor of Anchor Books. In 1962, he was put in charge of Natural History Press, which also gave him responsibility for Natural History magazine. He eventually took the job of science content editor for Smithsonian magazine. He also wrote a monthly science column for the magazine entitled Phenomena, Comment and Notes. His columns for Smithsonian and Science were collected in Pastorale: A Natural History of Sorts and Songs to Birds. He wrote dozens of books on the wonders of science including earthquakes, dinosaurs, arctic exploration, zoos, and the languages of cats and dogs. He then turned his attention to the Indians of the American Southwest. He retired from Smithsonian magazine in the late 1970s to help photographer Susanne Anderson on a book documenting the Hopi tribe. Hopi was published in 1982 and followed by Navajo in 1995. His other books include Lords of the Air: The Smithsonian Book of Birds written with Eugene S. Morton, The Big One: The Earthquake That Rocked Early America and Helped Create a Science written with Charles B. Officer, The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery written with J. M. Adovasio, In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20,000-Year History of American Indians, and Uprising: The Pueblo Indians and the First American War for Religious Freedom. He also wrote five mystery novels including The Stolen Gods and The Lethal Partner. He died from vascular disease on February 10, 2016 at the age of 80.

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